Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

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Summer in Cuba 2014: Language, Culture, and Society
Havana | May 24 – June 21, 2014

The Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute is offering its third year of this summer study abroad program in Havana, Cuba in 2014. This four-week program provides the unique opportunity to earn six credits while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and people that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand!

Tulane’s summer program is locally sponsored and supported by the University of Havana and its affiliate the Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos de los Estados Unidos (CEHSEU). Students stay in the Asociación Nacional de Agricultores Pequeños (ANAP) residence, which is within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and several cultural venues. Earn six credits by taking a Cuban society and culture course (taught in English), and either a course on the socio-political history of the Cuban revolution (taught in English), or a literature course on the Cuban short story (taught in Spanish). In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón, Matanzas, and Varadero.

COURSES OFFERED:

  • LAST 3130 (required; 3 credits): Team-taught in English by the directors of the program, Professors Ana López and Carolina Caballero, LAST 3130: Society and Culture of Cuba will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The course includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.
  • HISL 3950 (3 credits): The History of Cuba: The Evolution of Cuban Nationalism is taught in English by instructors from CEHSEU provides the students with an overview of contemporary Cuban history in order to trace the formation of Cuba’s national identity and its effects on the island’s complex reality and current affairs.
  • SPAN 3130 (3 credits) -OR- SPAN 4130 (3 credits): This Spanish course on contemporary Cuban literature is taught through the Facultad de Artes y Letras at the University of Havana, and gives students a panoramic view of the major authors, texts, themes, and styles found in contemporary Cuban literature.
  • EBIO 1660 (3 credits): Biodiversity and Conservation in Cuba is a brand new lecture elective being offered for the 2014 program. Students will acquire general knowledge related to Cuban ecology, conservation, and biodiversity while learning the measures being taken to protect the country’s biodiversity and natural resources.

PROGRAM COST:
The cost of the 2014 program is $5,750, which includes 6 Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), shared room and two meals at day at the ANAP, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings. Airfare to/from Tampa, one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.

PROGRAM APPLICATION:
Students interested in applying must be in good academic standing, have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5, and have completed at least one semester of Spanish at Tulane University. Students who plan to take the Cuban Short Story course must have completed SPAN 3040 or equivalent. Non-Tulane students are also welcome to apply to this program, but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer.
Please note: This program is only open to degree-seeking university students who will not have graduated on or before May/June 2014. That does not include high school students, staff or faculty from outside institutions, or graduate students at this time.

Complete applications (application form, copy of transcript, copy of front page of passport, and two letters of recommendation) and a $300 non-refundable deposit are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 21, 2014.
Click here to download the 2014 application.
THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE 2014 PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED.

For questions, contact Laura Wise at 504.862.8629, or at sclassum@tulane.edu.

Download a printable flyer for this program here.

View photos from Summer in Cuba 2012 here.

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Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

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Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights & Constitutional Law in Modern America

Guest speakers:
Jess Bravin: Wall Street Journal, author of Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay
Denny Leboeuf: ACLU, Tulane JD
Chaplain James Yee: Former U.S. Army Chaplain, author of For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future. The guest speakers will be giving a talk on the titled event. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit http://gitmomemory.org.

Alexey Martí & Urban Minds Latin Jazz Concert

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The CubaNOLA Arts Collective Presents- Alexey Martí & Urban Minds as a part of this month’s Latin Jazz concert series.

Alexey Martí is a powerful percussionist from Havana, Cuba. He is at the forefront of the new Latin music scene in New Orleans, tirelessly exploring new musical terrain and incorporating it back into his own rich musical roots. Alexey founded his group, Urban Minds, a little over a year ago, to explore all of the music that he loves including jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban folklore, salsa, son, rumba, and New Orleans rhythms.

Alexey began performing in Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies at the age of 7. At the age of 16 he joined the world renowned Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble "Diákara", under the leadership of the legendary singer and drummer Oscar Valdés. In Havana, he performed with many great Cuban jazz and Afro-Cuban ensembles. He moved to New Orleans 5 years ago and has adopted New Orleans as his new homeland. Since moving here, Alexey has been studying in the UNO Jazz Studies program and has performed with many New Orleans greats including Los Hombres Calientes, Davell Crawford, Shannon Powell, David Torkanowsky, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Prime Example Jazz Club, on the corner of N. Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue, has been under the proprietorship of Julius Kimbrough Sr. since 2000. In 2007, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Kimbrough decided that live jazz music needed to be presented for Seventh Ward neighborhood residents working hard to rebuild their lives, the neighborhood and the community. In 2011 Mr. Kimbrough partnered with DJ Soul Sister and WWOZ 90.7 FM to start the Thursday Nights Swingin' weekly jazz series. He is now expanding the scope of Thursday Nights Swingin', in partnership with The CubaNOLA Arts Collective, to include Latin jazz on the third Thursday of every month. This new monthly Lazz jazz series is a tribute to historical and present day contributions of Latino musicians and residents to every day life and art in New Orleans, including the birth and evolution of jazz music itself.

Alexey Martí & Urban Minds will surprise you with their seamless blends of New Orleans and Afro-Cuban music. Let Alexey make you feel at home at the Prime Example on Thursday, September 18 while he and the band move you and groove you in new, exciting and familiar ways.

Guantánamo Public Memory Project

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The Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that examines the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, from multiple perspectives and raises questions about U.S.-Cuban relations, civil liberties, national security, and public memory in the past, present, and future.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, visit http://gitmomemory.org.

The exhibit will run from September 2nd to October 30th. All are welcome to stop by and see the exhibit during open hours of Jones Hall, or during one of the special events of the exhibit (to be posted).